U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, is a Utah Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He also presided over a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill as James Comey, FBI director, testified in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
On Tuesday, the FBI director announced that his office would not be recommending that prosecutors bring charges against Clinton for her handling of classified information in connection to private email servers.
In his opening statements Thursday, Chaffetz said that he was “mystified and confused,” just like millions of Americans are today, by the conclusion Comey reached.
Today Chaffetz highlighted the qualms many Americans have had with the results of the FBI conclusion when he said, “It seems to a lot of us that the average Joe, the average American, that if they had done what you laid out in your statement, that they’d be in handcuffs, and they might be on their way to jail, and they probably should. And I think there is a legitimate concern that there is a double standard. If you’re name isn’t Clinton or you’re not part of the powerful elite, that Lady Justice will act differently.”
Here are a few things you should know about Chaffetz:
He Was First Elected in 2008
Chaffetz is 49 years old and is serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives after having first been elected in 2008. According to his House biography, he ran for office on his conservative principles, he promises for accountability, strong national defense, limited government and fiscal discipline. Prior to becoming a congressman, from 2003 to 2005, Chaffetz was campaign manager and chief of staff for the former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
In January of 2015 Chaffetz became the chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.
Previous investigations he has worked on including the Benghazi terrorist attack, the Fast & Furious gun running operation, the IRS targeting scandal, and the Secret Service investigation. Chaffetz is “deeply engaged in exposing waste, fraud and abuse within the federal government,” as it says on his House of Representatives website.
Chaffetz’s Grandfather Was an FBI Agent
While many democrats believe Chaffetz is on a political “Witch Hunt” for Comey, this is far from true.
At the hearing on Thursday, Chaffetz told Comey: “I have the greatest admiration for the FBI. My grandfather was a career FBI agent.”
Jason’s grandfather Maxwell Chaffetz entered the FBI on Feb. 10, 1930, as a student fingerprint classifier. In 1934 he was appointed to special agent and served in this role until 1946.
Maxwell Chaffetz had a great history in the FBI and was involved in the hunt for gangster John Dillinger. Chaffetz was the agent took the fingerprints of Dillinger at the morgue to positively identify him after he was killed by federal agents.
Chaffetz Is a Family Man
Chaffetz has been married to his wife, Julie, since 1991, and he is the father of three children. He and his wife both attended Brigham Young University and met at a wedding while in college.
Although he is an extremely busy man, he still does everything he can to put his family on the top of his priority list.
In 2009, after Chaffetz was first elected to Congress, he wrote a piece for CNN in which he stated that he was learning to set aside individual time with each of his children and his wife.
“I’m learning to balance the workload,” he wrote. “The real challenge for me is setting the work aside. My family is still the center of my life. I look forward to that flight home every single weekend.”
Chaffetz Told Reporters before the Hearing that He Believes Clinton Broke the Law
Chaffetz told Fox News on Wednesday that he wanted to know what Clinton’s intent was in using private email servers.
Many Americans believe Hillary blatantly ignored and broke laws, but as the Clintons are well known for, she got off without any repercussions or legal action brought to her.
In the interview with Fox News Chaffetz said, “If somehow, somebody is dealing in classified information for years on time and putting people in harm’s way and yet still not prosecuted, the law probably needs to be updated or they’re not properly applying the law, and that’s why we need to explore this.”
He also told Today that he thinks Clinton committed a criminal act.
In his interview with Today he said “I do believe that she broke the law, and that’s what we want to ask.”